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Allison Rzen
George Madden

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Nanaimo Port Authority
Chief Executive Officer

The Nanaimo Port Authority is a Federal agency which administers, controls, and manages the harbour, waters and foreshore adjacent to Nanaimo, British Columbia. Port facilities include deep sea terminals at Nanaimo Assembly Wharf, Duke Point Terminal, Commercial Inlet Basin and Marina, W. E. Mills Landing and Marina for larger vessels, Pioneer Waterfront Plaza Shops and Parking, Seaplane Terminal, Walking/Fishing Pier, Harbourside Walkway, and the administration of federal water leases in the Port boundaries. The Port also acts as a facilitator in initiating and supporting ideas and events which stimulate economic growth for the community as a whole.

Due to the upcoming retirement of the incumbent, the Nanaimo Port Authority (NPA) Board of Directors is embarking on a search to identify a new CEO for the organization. Port operations and the role of the Port itself has evolved over recent years; therefore, the Board seeks a multi-faceted leader who will work collaboratively with key community stakeholders and partner groups in implementing a bold vision for the Port of Nanaimo. Working closely with the Board, the CEO will help create and shape a new direction around marine operations, innovative business development opportunities, plus enhance cooperative leadership with user groups and community leaders related to this important economic asset in the region.

The new CEO will bring a depth of experience in working with diverse partner groups where solutions to challenges are sought in a collegial manner without ever losing sight of the economic mission of the Port of Nanaimo as a fiscally sustainable entity. Bringing both strategic business and long-term planning skills, the new CEO will be adept at understanding the unique operations of a federal port while not being so tradition-bound that innovation and creativity will be stalled. The Board seeks a CEO who can lead the direction around the next generation of port operations and bring an international approach to future operations.

The ideal candidate will be comfortable working with a Board and active and involved community and business stakeholders. He or she will have a proven track record of success working with diverse user groups gleaned from experience in the transportation, logistics or a related industry sector. Equally important will be specific expertise in working effectively with a team, creating a platform for success related to business development, operational excellence, and embracing a philosophy of customer service. P&L expertise is needed to ensure business principles are applied to decision making around assets and operations. An MBA would be a definite asset for the new CEO.

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